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Flight Following to a VOR?

Asked by: 1870 views Airspace, Flight Instructor, General Aviation, Private Pilot


I live and fly off of an unpublished grass strip that is 1/2 mile from a VOR. My question is: When returning home can I ask Flight Following that my destination be the VOR instead of the local airport which is 30 miles away? (This would save time and  $)

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  1. Erik on Apr 07, 2013

    Why not just ask? Have they said no?

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  2. John D. Collins on Apr 07, 2013

    There is no requirement that you be going to a published airport in order to receive flight following, in fact there is no requirement that you be going anywhere. I have asked for flight following in a practice area to help point out any nearby traffic while we were maneuvering.

    You can even file a flightplan, either a VFR or IFR one to or from your home strip. You can provide your home airport location with the flightplan as a VORrrrddd or a Latitude/Longitude. If you file IFR to your home field, you must file an alternate that has an approach your aircraft is capable of flying and that meets the alternate filing forecast.

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  3. Mark Kolber on Apr 10, 2013

    Following up on John’s answer, here’s what happened on a flight just yesterday:

    I was heading to a private airport in the mountains of North Carolina. When I asked for Flight Following (from Charlotte TRACON), I gave the identifier for the private field. Approach acme back and asked whether I could give them a public airport that was nearby (I’m guessing something about the restrictions on their data system). I did. Later I was switched to Atlanta Center.

    Atlanta Center was apparently given the public airport as my termination point. When I reached it, Atlanta asked me to report the public airport in sight. At that point, I simply told them I was heading for a private airport 17 miles away and asked them to stay with me until I reported it in sight. Atlanta was happy to do so.

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